Sports in Switzerland
Switzerland has an abundance of natural playgrounds and is a paradise for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Whether water, air, or earth is your preferred element or you live for the adrenalin rush of extreme sports, Switzerland will have something for you.
There is a huge choice of winter and summer sports in Switzerland, including skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing, mountaineering, cycling, mountain biking, golf, wakeboarding, windsurfing and paragliding. Most sports facilities are easily reachable by public transport. Season tickets and club memberships will help to reduce costs.
Sports in Zurich and surrounds
- Zurich is great for swimmers, with lots of swimming pools and exceptionally clean rivers and lakes. Designated swimming areas known as "Badis" are popular in town. Out of town there are quieter beaches and swimming spots along the lake shore. Swimming in the Limmat river is possible, although there are restrictions and it is safest to join an organised event.
- Hiking is considered to be Switzerland's national sporting pastime, and there are ample opportunities in the Zurich area, including Uetliberg and Flumserberg. Flumserberg is Zurich's nearest skiing and snowboarding spot in winter.
- Zurich is the home of FIFA. Football and hockey are popular. Letzigrund is the main venue for football matches, athletics and other sporting events. The Hallenstadion is home to Zurich's popular hockey team called ZSC-Lions.
- Sports clubs and gyms are a good way to keep fit and meet people. Most gyms and fitness clubs offer different membership options and some health insurances contribute towards membership fees.
- The city of Zurich has further listings of sporting activities and groups.
- Swiss Walking Event is the largest original independent annual Nordic walking event in Switzerland.
Sporting events in Zurich
Zurich hosts a marathon in April. In September the biggest freestyle sporting event in Europe is held in Zurich, with international stars performing daring feats on their snowboards, freestyle skis, bikes and skateboards.